Google Index Alert - New Page Email Alert and Report

Written by Nick Swan. Published on 06, December 2021

SEOTesting has launched a new report and email alert called New Pages.

Each time Google Search Console updates, SEOTesting will grab all the URLs for a site that have appeared in the search results and alert you to any newly discovered URLs.

This will help you find out when new content has been crawled, indexed, and ranked in the search results by Google.

Previously this has been quite a manual process of visiting Google and manually using the search operator:

Using the site operator to see if a url is indexed

If you are doing this daily, for a number of different URLs, this can quickly become tedious and time-consuming.

How is the New Page alert and report useful?

With SEOTesting automatically discovering new URLs and alerting you to them being in the search results, you get a number of benefits:

1, No more manually checking Google search results to see whether your new page is appearing.

2, If you are a consultant or agency, find new pages your customers are publishing so you can audit and proactively find issues.

3, Discover crawl traps and canonical issues.

4, Find out if your site has been hacked and malicious URLs are being added to Google.

5, Uncover URLs in Google that shouldn’t be there and act on the information immediately.

How can I tell if Google has indexed my page?

You can use the URL inspection tool from within Google Search Console to get information on whether Googlebot has indexed your page.

It’s important to remember that crawling, indexing, and ranking are 3 different things.

The new alert and report in SEOTesting will let you know which pages have started ranking within the search results and are findable by search users and potential customers.

How can I tell if Google is ranking my page?

This is more tricky. I have often seen instances where a page is appearing in the Google index using the site: operator, but Google is not ranking it yet for the target keywords.

Only when the page begins to appear in the search results for queries users are entering is it fair to say the article is ranking within Google.

It’s hard to check for this, without manually checking queries and paging through search results. You can manually check Google Search Console data, and automate the process further with SEOTesting.

What about historical information on when URLs were first seen in the search results

New URLs are discovered from the point in time of adding your site to SEOTesting, or from 2021-11-24 which is when the feature was first deployed.